Food and Wine
To enrich your dining experience, qualia offers private ‘talk and taste’ events, hosted by our knowledgeable staff. With Executive Chef Alastair Waddell selecting the finest Australian and international products, to accommodate even the most demanding tastes, you’ll be swept away on an unforgettable culinary journey.
‘Sake and Sashimi’
Take a moment to indulge yourself in a slice of Japanese culture with qualia’s ‘Sake and Sashimi’ tastings. Allow us to take you on a journey through one of Japans oldest traditions as we showcase some of the finest Sakes and Sochus individually matched with Australia’s highest sashimi grade fish. Learn how the Tsukasabotan milled rice wine stands up to the robust flavours of the Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon and why our very own South Australian Hiramasa Kingfish is exported to Japan for use in their finest restaurants.
‘Champagne and Oysters’
Champagne and oysters represent subtle and elegant flavours and are a superb expression of luxury. qualia presents a unique tasting experience where different styles of oyster are paired with top Australian and French champagnes. Gain an understanding of your palate and how champagne and oysters are paired whilst exploring this unique complement of flavours. The host provides a brief description of the champagne-making process and also teaches how to skilfully shuck oysters.
‘Wine and Cheese’
Further your knowledge of wine and cheese with a friendly, truly professional host. During this ultimate tasting experience you’ll be indulged in an afternoon of fabulous cheeses from Australia and around the world, matched with a broad spectrum of fine Australian wine. Simply relax and enjoy while your host guides through nuances of pairing these fantastic products, an experience that will leave you more confident of your personal wine and cheese preferences.
All events take place in qualia’s Long Pavilion lounge, with the stunning backdrop of the surrounding Whitsundays.